“With the arrival of this luxury cruise ship, the domestic tourism sector, which is grappling with the pandemic, is expected to revive.
Published: September 23, 2021 6:44 AM |
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A troupe from Ambalappuzha performs the martial dance form Velakali to welcome the tourists to Willingdon Island. (Photo | Albin Mathew, EPS)
KOCHI: The state tourism sector, hard hit by the pandemic, saw a ray of hope with the arrival of the luxury cruise ship MV Empress from Cordelia Cruises with 1,200 guests from Mumbai on Wednesday at the Cochin International Cruise Terminal. The cruise ship anchored here around 7:30 a.m.
“With the arrival of this luxury cruise ship, the domestic tourism sector, which is grappling with the pandemic, is expected to revive. Around 180 fully vaccinated passengers were given a city tour in accordance with the Covid protocol, ”said Deputy Director of Kerala Tourism, TG Abhilash Kumar.
The tourism department and the Cochin Port Trust organized a great reception for the guests who came ashore in Kochi a visually and acoustically appealing performance of the traditional fighting dance forms “Velakali”, “Panchavadhyam” and “Thalappoli”.
“This is the first cruise ship that has arrived at the new terminal and also the first one on our shores after a year has started. We are all very excited to welcome the guests and hope that the tourism industry will pick up pace from here, ”said an official at the terminal.
Melbin, a native of Kochi, who enjoyed the trip with his family, said that the cruise ship has all the amenities one can find on an international cruise. “There are gyms, different types of swimming pools on each floor, and play areas for children. The food was amazing. The cruise has three types of cabins – regular, ocean view, and suite, ”he said.
He also said that traveling on a luxury cruise ship should be a must on every Malaysian bucket list. A sea view room costs between Rs 12,000 and Rs 15,000 per person. “A total of 200 tourists finished their trip in Kochi, and 182 guests were taken on a city tour. A family of 12 has booked a houseboat excursion. They drove to Alappuzha and returned in the evening, « said Sanjeev Kumar, CEO of the tour operator Voyager Kerala.
» In the evening the cruise ship went to Kadamat, Lakshadweep. About 800 tourists from across the state boarded the ship from Kochi to visit Lakshadweep and Mumbai, ”he added. The MV Kaiserin offers space for up to 1,800 passengers on board at the same time. The cruise ship will visit the port of Kochi again on October 6th.
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